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Tonearm auxiliary weight

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 14:55
by Paulo Abreu
Hi guys, just a noob question :oops:

So I got my new turntable (SL-1210GR) and will set it later today, any help is welcome.

I am assuming I shouldn't install the auxiliary weight unless needed... doubt came to my mind, when adjusting tonearm weight, after leveling and zeroing, dialing +2 g on the scale should be different with and without the auxiliary weight fitted, correct?

Its a Nagaoka MP110 cartridge
TIA

Re: Tonearm auxiliary weight

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 15:54
by abs1
Correct. You only need the auxiliary weight if your tonearm won't balance with the cartridge you've installed - IOW the cartridge is too heavy.

Cheers,
Al

Re: Tonearm auxiliary weight

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 17:59
by Paulo Abreu
Thanks, will do it without the auxiliary weight.

Re: Tonearm auxiliary weight

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 21:42
by nat
If you balance the arm after adding or removing the auxiliary weight and then dialing in the tracking force, you will get the same tracking force, but the arm's effective mass will be different, which may affect the sound and tracking of warped records.

Re: Tonearm auxiliary weight

Posted: 15 Aug 2019 00:14
by Paulo Abreu
nat wrote:
14 Aug 2019 21:42
If you balance the arm after adding or removing the auxiliary weight and then dialing in the tracking force, you will get the same tracking force, but the arm's effective mass will be different, which may affect the sound and tracking of warped records.
This basically clears my doubt, thanks! My thinking was flawed :D

Well, its done. I dialed 1.9 grams and the TT played its very first track (not considering factory tests he he) - smooth and beautiful - Will do some listening tomorrow since its already too late but very happy with the whole setup and with sound quality.